It's that time of the month when the fashion fairy drops a box of goodies at my doorstep! It's also "that time of the month", and I don't know about you, but the last thing cramps and bloating make me want to do is try on clothes, so we'll see how this goes! It feels like a long time since I got my first fix, and in fact, it was 2 full months. I have my preferences set to receive a box every month, but I had to reschedule it twice due to being out of town. It's nice to be able to schedule when you want your Fix to arrive, but you also have to remember if you're going away for a few days to make sure your box won't sit there for 3 days, accidentally buying you every item they send! (You have 3 days to make your choices and get the rest in the mail, or you'll be charged for everything!)
A recap for those of you new to Stitch Fix: Stitch Fix is an online styling/shopping service. When you sign up, you fill out a style/fit profile and then every week/month/2 months depending on your preferences, you receive a box of 5 goodies at your doorstep. For this service, you pay $20 per box. If you keep anything, your $20 styling fee will be deducted from your total. If you keep all 5 items, you receive a 25% discount on everything. If you keep nothing, you send it all back in a prepaid mailer, but they keep your 20 bucks.
First impression of the box was that most items were much more seasonably appropriate than my last Stitch Fix, so that was a plus. The colors were good for me, except for one top, but 4 out of 5 is pretty good! At first glance, I've got high hopes for this Stitch Fix and this month's stylist, Kaley.
And now, this month's pieces.... Again I apologize for the cell phone pics, but I still can't find my nice camera, and at this point I'm too scared to ask the IT guy if he knows where it is, as it was a gift from him and I'm afraid it's gone for good.
Jayde Cut Out Spade Drop Earrings in Gold
I'm confused by these earrings, or rather my reaction to these earrings. I should like them. I DO like them, and yet, I don't want to keep them. Maybe it's because I normally wouldn't pay $30+ for earrings, Maybe it's because now that my hair is short (and yet still big) earrings kind of get lost. They're really pretty though, and a flattering shape for my face, so I don't know. I also have very sensitive ears, and most earrings hurt my ears after a couple of hours, which is why I have earrings in my purse, my car, my make up bag, etc..
Verdict: Going back. Sorry, earrings, it's not you, it's me. I might ask them not to send earrings or necklaces again. Bracelets, on the other hand (see what I did there?), they could send me all day long. Rarely do I meet a bracelet I don't love and want to take home with me.
41 Hawthorn (Stitch Fix's House Brand)
Ivy Tulip Print Tab Sleeve Blouse in Navy
Have we discussed my love for navy split-neck tunic style blouses? I love them. Love, love, love, The color is good for me, the neckline is perfect, and the cut is flattering. I love navy split-neck tunics so much that I have a small collection of them. I really didn't need another, but when you find something you love, it's hard to say no. That is, until your fabulous husband/IT guy says this when you try it on: "What's that pattern? Is it brooms? Or chicken feet?" Yes, dear--the chicken foot pattern is all the rage this year. So that was strike one for this blouse. Strike 2 was the fabric. It was poly/rayon, but it was so heavy, that within minutes I felt a bead of sweat start to form. I imagined myself wearing this to a speaking engagement (when I am often standing under hot lights), sweating in my chicken foot print top. Not a pretty sight. Strike 3 was the price--$68 was a little much for me this month on a top that wasn't a total stand-out.
Verdict: Going back--even though it means I won't be a part of the chicken-foot print craze this fall.
Split Neck Tulip Sleeve Blouse in Jade
Pretty color? Check. Split-neck, tunic style blouse? Check. Funky sleeves that squeeze your arms and give a sausage casing effect? Check. Nothing sexier than arm chub squeezing out of your sleeves, am I right, ladies? I briefly toyed with the idea of having the "tulip" sleeves altered, but for $68, I could just go buy a blouse that fits properly. It's a shame, because this blouse would have been fantastic for fall transition, and then would have worked well as a layering pieces under cardigans. It was also a little on the short side.
Verdict: Going back with fantasies of skinnier arms and a shorter torso. Sigh.
Sugar Dot Print Fit & Flare Dress in Off-White
Oh this dress. I loved this dress when I pulled it out of the box. Easy to accessorize, light enough to be worn in warmer months, but substantial enough to layer in the cooler months. The color was a perfect creamy off-white, and the polka dots were small enough not to look cutesy. I had high hopes for this dress. And then I saw it. That prominent seam right across the mid-section. If you've been to any of my "How to Dress Your Body Types" talks, you've heard me say "Never put a horizontal line across the widest part of anything". Well, this apple's widest part is right across the tummy. I hoped when I tried it on that the seam wasn't as noticeable when it was on a body instead of a hanger, but my hopes were quickly dashed. Eskimos have a hundred words for snow, and I feel like the English language is so limiting at times--there needs to be a word that goes beyond "unflattering" to really describe how this dress looked. My note to Kaley, the stylist, was "Fit and flare dresses are not made for apple shapes". What I didn't tell her is that I need an Eskimo to come up with a word for just how wrong they are.
Verdict-Going back. In my next life, I want a waist--and this dress!
Olive & Oak
Mulliken Raglan Sleeve Striped Shirt in Burgundy
This was the only item in box that wasn't a great color for me. But, in the spirit of the Stitch Fix, I tried it on. I LOVE raglan sleeves. They're great for making broad shoulders look a little less broad. As a note to my pear-shaped sisters, this type of sleeve does you no favors as it makes your already narrower top half look even smaller, so proceed with caution. Anyway. This top was so soft and the cut was really flattering, even with the horizontal stripes, but I couldn't get past the color. I briefly toyed with keeping it as a pj/lounge top, but almost $50 to lay around the house felt a little unreasonable. I have 2 kids who won't stop growing out of their shoes--so that money could be better spent elsewhere.
I think this is where Stitch Fix gets you, and I understand the lure of keeping something even if it isn't perfect. After all, you've already spent $20, and you don't want to waste that money, so it "makes sense" to keep at least one thing. Remember the old saying "Don't throw good money after bad"? It's important to keep that in mind with these boxes, and not give in to the temptation to recover your $20 styling fee buy spending more on something you don't love.
Verdict: Going back, even though I'm sorely tempted to keep it.
Final Thoughts: I ended up sending everything back. I'm really trying to only buy pieces that are "best" for me, and to have a very critical eye and lots of restraint when I shop. I may have had a little too much restraint, because twice I've wished that I had kept the earrings. Even though I didn't keep anything, I still loved getting the box, and I'm looking forward to the next one. All the feedback that I've gotten says that it takes a few months for the stylists to really get your taste and needs, so I'm eagerly awaiting the next box to see if that's true.
I was reading other Stitch Fix reviews, and one blogger had a cute suggestion to schedule yourself a box so that it arrives on your birthday. Of course, my birthday just passed, so I missed out on that one, but I'm definitely doing that for next year.
Have you done Stitch Fix yet? If you have, what's been your experience? Have you had great luck? If you haven't tried it yet, what are you waiting for? Use this code when you sign up https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3104668 so they know I sent you!
I'm expecting another Fix very soon, so stay tuned!